New Zealand

Road to Cook

Road to Cook  A gravel road near Lake Tekapo, with the Mt Cook range in the far distance on the right.

Gravel

Road to the mountains  New Zealand has a lot of gravel roads in the mountain valleys that are very picturesque.

Road to the clouds

Aotearoa  The land of the long white cloud. The peaks of Mt Cook are sandwiched between the two layers of cloud.

Mt Cook From Air

Aoraki and the Tasman  A view of Mt Cook from air and the Tasman glacier from air. At 3,764 meters, it is New Zealand’s highest Peak. Mount Cook consists of three summits, from South to North the Low Peak (3,593 m), Middle Peak (3,717 m) and High Peak (3,764 m). The Tasman flows south from the southern slopes of the Minarets peak, along the eastern flank of New Zealand’s two highest mountains, Mount Tasman and its higher southern neighbour Mount Cook. The Tasman Glacier is the largest of several glaciers which flow south and east towards the Mackenzie Basin from the Southern Alps in New Zealand’s South Island.

Franz Josef Glacier

Franz from air  Ariel view of the Franz Josef Glacier located in Westland Tai Poutini National Park on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. Together with the Fox Glacier to the south it descends from the Southern Alps to less than 300 metres above sea level.

Say Cheese

Say Cheese  Cattle curiously look on, a station in the Otago region in the south island of New Zealand.

Kea

Kea  New Zealand is home to the inquisitive Kea, which is the world’s only alpine parrot.